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May 23Liked by Clay Adams

I'll just add: I can't wait for that BATMAN: YEAR ONE Artists Edition, either. I think every comic artist on the PLANET is going to get one.

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One of the reasons I pre-ordered! I think it's going to sell out quick.

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May 23Liked by Clay Adams

1) That is a KILLER line-up pf guest writers on NIGHT WOLF! I had NO IDEA that was happening! Rob just got himself another backer!

2) My comics Kryptonite: Caniff's TERRY AND THE PIRATES. (Anything by Milton Caniff, actually.) I believe I have every different edition of TERRY that anyone's ever put out (in English). My first exposure to Caniff's TERRY— the old Nostalgia Press volumes "Meet Burma" and "Enter the Dragon Lady", which I somehow glommed onto during my year at the Kubert School back in '77-'78— CHANGED MY LIFE. Can't get enough of it. In fact, I believe the latest volumes of Clover Press's wonderful TERRY books are arriving at my house TODAY— !

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You've just sent me down the rabbit hole of looking into TERRY AND THE PIRATES! Never read it, but I loved Mike Grell's brief BLACKHAWK run, and I swear he said TERRY AND THE PIRATES was an influence. (Looking at some of these images, I can believe it.) Those Nostalgia Press volumes seem reasonably priced on eBay--are they a good place to start?

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May 24Liked by Clay Adams

Well, the Nostalgia Press books are what got me hooked— so they did something right! The reproduction's not always the best, but I would recommend them, especially if reasonably priced.

The first volume ("China Journey", I think it's called) really is more interesting as seeing where Caniff started— a fairly middle-of-the-road cartoonist working in a style that you could see on a dozen different adventure strips of the time. But on volume 2 things start to click once he introduces Normandie Drake and throw a LOT more blacks into the art. (Volume 1 and 2 are available as separate paperback volumes or as 1 hardcover collection)

He's firing on all cylinders in Volume 3— "Meet Burma", the best good bad girl in comic strip history (this is what really sunk its hooks into teenage Karl!) — and as unbelievable at it seems, his art gets BETTER in volume 4— "Enter the Dragon Lady"! (Of course, he was getting a lot of help and stylistic guidance from Noel Sickles— clearly a superior artist to Caniff, but I think it's clear Caniff was the better CARTOONIST.)

I could go on and on, but it's really up to you to see if Caniff's your cup of tea of not.

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Awesome. Thank you! I'll check it out.

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